Tuesday, 13 October 2009

preparing the allotment for winter

October - and work preparing the allotment for winter and the next growing season is well in hand.

Leaving the soil bare is not good for wildlife. Ground cover provides habitat for invertebrates in the cold winter months.

Leaving the soil bare also leaves it vulnerable to compaction by winter rains as well as the leaching away of vital soil nutrients.

Looking up the plot..

In the ground formerly filled with potatoes we have a strip of phacelia followed by several strips of field beans. This will become the legume and corn bed next year.

Further up the allotment, grazing rye has filled space that had grown summer onions. Overwintering leeks will stand tall until next spring when this will soil will be mulched with enriched compost ready for potatoes.

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